Guide to Root the Motorola Moto G (2014) Running Android 5.0 Lollipop

While some smartphone models catch fancy of users for new features and stylish design, there are some rare contenders that set a new trend in the industry. That was the case with Moto G. Riding on the success of this mid range Android device, Motorola reestablished itself as a successful player in industry and the refresh to the Moto G met with similar acclaim and success.


Incidentally, the Moto G 2014, along with its siblings from Motorola’s stable, was among the first handsets to receive updates for Android Lollipop. While you may have experienced the newest Google OS in your Moto G, it is possible to further enhance control and customization by rooting the device.

Why Root the Moto G 2014 with lollipop?

As it is, rooting is not officially supported by handset manufacturers including Motorola and Google does not offer support for rooted devices either. However, by rooting your Moto G with Lollipop you can gain access to administrative rights-which others cannot. You will also be able to customize the Smartphone in unprecedented ways. For example, you can:

  • Remove the bloatware installed either by carrier or manufacturer
  • Free up space in the device’s internal storage
  • Enhance battery life
  • Enhance overall performance

A few things to keep in mind

Before proceeding with rooting of the Moto G 2014, check a few things.

  • It works on Moto G 2014 variants like XT1068 and XT1063.
  • You need to have access to a PC running Windows.
  • The PC should have the latest Motorola USB drivers installed.
  • Enable the USB debugging option in your Moto G 2014.

Downloading required files

You will need to download the following files in the PC:

  • CF-Root ( for apt variant like XT1068 or XT1063)
  • Fastboot
  • CWM Philz Touch Recovery

Save all the downloaded files on the desktop for convenience.

How to root Moto G 2014 running Android 5.0 Lollipop

  • First of all, you need to extract CF-root files to desktop.
  • Turn off the handset and then reboot into bootloader mode. For this press and hold Power and Volume Down buttons at once.
  • The phone will now boot into bootloader mode.
  • Connect it to the computer using USB cable.
  • Now, double click on the root-windows.bat on the desktop. It will initiate.
  • You just need to follow the on-screen instructions to complete rooting the device.
  • After rooting is done, go to Google Play store. You need to install Busybox on the phone.
  • Now the device is equipped with Busybox and SuperSU. With these, you will be able to install the root-only apps.

What’s next?

Like the majority of Android users, you can get busy customizing skin, theme or every visual aspect of the OS in your Moto G 2014! Finally, you will be able to discard unnecessary apps bundled in the device. However, you may also consider installing a custom recovery on the rooted device- which opens up lots of possibilities.

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